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Opinion

Think healthy this flu season

Editorial

Like it or not, the flu season is here. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most regions of the United States, including our area, are reporting widespread activity. There’s good news however — indications are that the season might already have peaked, The ...

Let’s hope message was not lost

Editorial

Oprah Winfrey must have been pleased at the talk after her speech at the Golden Globes awards ceremony. Who wouldn’t be flattered at widespread suggestions she ought to run for president? But if Winfrey is smart — and she is — she will wonder whether the message she tried to convey will ...

Finding those who enabled abusers

Editorial

The last months of this year have brought a seemingly endless series of revelations about women being harassed and assaulted by the powerful — who got away with it for too long. Let us hope 2018 takes the story into the second phase it needs to enter. That is holding accountable those who ...

Medical device tax affects all

Editorial

Liberals such as those who inflicted the inaccurately named “Affordable Care Act” on Americans are fond of insisting they want to tax only “the rich.” But injuries and illnesses strike us all, rich or poor, and often, we count on technology to help us recover. The ACA’s authors, in ...

Get tested for cervical cancer

Editorial

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month — a great time for our female readers to get tested. American Cancer Society officials are reporting that between 60 and 80 percent of women with newly diagnosed invasive cervical cancer have not had a Pap smear in as many as five years, and, ...

Approve sports betting in W.Va.

Editorial

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling. U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are ...

Keep ‘red hats’ safe in mines

Editorial

Mine Safety and Health Administration head David Zatezalo could not ask for a better road map of where he should take the agency this year. It is part of MSHA’s report on mine fatalities during 2017. As reported, the coal mine death toll last year was 15, up sharply from the eight in 2016. ...

Limits on speech a risky precedent

Editorial

Twitter recently announced it has begun to enforce new rules meant to reduce abusive, hateful, violent content. Of course, the intent is good; and Twitter has every right to host whatever content it chooses. It is free to encourage or suppress whatever speech its decision-makers deem meet or do ...

Challenge with border remains

Editorial

Critics of President Donald Trump’s various proposals to crack down on illegal immigration say there is little need to do so. The number of people coming into our country illegally has dropped dramatically, they say. For a time, that may have been true. It is not, now. Judging by the ...

Accelerate RR safety procedures

Editorial

It became clear almost immediately after an Amtrak train crashed in Washington in December that excessive speed was to blame. The train was traveling at 80 mph on tracks rated for 30 mph when it derailed, killing three people and injuring many others. National Transportation Safety Board ...